12/19/2017 – Dunkin’ Donuts breaks ground, plans for spring opening

Posted on: December 19th, 2017 by admin

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December 19, 2017

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By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic

 

City, county and local business officials gathered in an empty lot along Wilkesboro Boulevard to celebrate another international brand coming to Caldwell County and Lenoir.

 

On the clear, cool, sunny morning the only thing missing, said Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray, was a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

 

Soon, she’ll have one. Construction of a full-service Dunkin’ Donuts has started. Roy Clark, franchisee of the Lenoir Dunkin’ Donuts and three others coming to the area, said construction will take about 120 days, so the new store should open about May.

 

Murray said Lenoir is ready and waiting.

 

“The community has been asking for this, so I’m going to guarantee you a strong pipeline of customers,” Murray said.

 

The store is being built on the northwest corner of Wilkesboro Boulevard and Lower Creek Drive, next to the Aldi grocery store.

 

About 25 people will be hired, Clark said.

 

“We’re local people that want to bring local jobs to local people,” he said.

 

Clark, owner of HARA Foodservice Group LLC, lives in Marion, where another of his four Dunkin’ Donuts shops will open. Construction on the first just finished in Hickory, and the fourth will go to Morganton. The new stores were announced in April.

 

State Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell) said he has noticed more and more businesses coming to the county.

 

“I see our role in government to create an environment where the free market can create jobs, … and I see that happening in Caldwell County,” Hall said. “It seems like every other week Deborah (Murray) is emailing telling me we have another event like today.”

 

Murray said the Dunkin’ Donuts store is another step in efforts to bring more retail and hospitality businesses. Three years ago, the EDC turned some of its focus toward those companies, she said, which led to stores such as Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Bargain Hunt – and now Dunkin’ Donuts.

 

The store will be open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., Clark said, and will have a drive-through window.

 

 

 

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